Great Western Trail

Saint Charles, Illinois 60175

Great Western Trail

Great Western Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The ride begins on the western edge of St. Charles, west of Randall Road on Dean Street. This 18-mile one-way (36 mile total) rail-to-trail conversion runs through rural areas on the outskirts of the Chicago suburbs. Ninety percent of the trail is limestone gravel and about ten percent is blacktop. You'll pass through agricultural, housing, commercial, and manufacturing areas. Even though you'll ride through these developed areas, this trail will give you a nice flavor of fields, marshes, and wetlands the farther west you go. In fact, you'll pass seven designated natural areas on the trail. You'll see several natural species of grass as well as abundant whit-tailed deer, fox, and beaver.

The trail runs from St. Charles in Kane County to Sycamore in DeKalb County. You'll pass through several old farming towns that you might want to explore: Wasco, Lily Lake, Virgil, and Richardson. some see why Illinois is called The Prairie State. Note, heavy rains have been known to cause washouts along this trail. This trail has a bit of everything, from commercial and manufacturing to agricultural and natural areas. It fees less developed than it is, and the natural areas include a nice spectrum of local scenery, from wetlands to fields."

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Trail Information

Saint Charles
Nearby City
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
All seasons are good.
Kane County Forest Preserve District, 630-232-1242
Local Contacts
The Kane County Forest Preserve District can send you a map of the trail. USGS: Geneva, Elburn, Maple Park, and Sycamore.
Local Maps